Nonprofits reduce yearly costs by opting out of SUI tax pools

January 27, 2014

Nonprofits reduce yearly costs by opting out of SUI tax pools

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced in November a plan for a social media fundraiser that included matching from a long-time donor. Since the fundraiser began, a second donor has agreed to match up to $10,000 as well. That means up to $40,000 in funds could be raised by the end of the year.  

The campaign is another great example of how nonprofits are using the Internet to the solicit fundraising, and embracing techniques such as matching. The Web and social media have allowed nonprofits to get much more creative with fundraising and do so at a cheaper cost. It was recently announced that Facebook will add a donate now button for nonprofit pages, making it even easier to raise cash on the social platform.

Nonprofits must reducing spending while raising funds
In addition to taking advantage of new ways to fundraise, nonprofits should also seek ways to reduce their yearly operational costs. One method is for nonprofits to opt out of costly state unemployment insurance pools. Nonprofits are required to meet an obligation for unemployment payments, but do not have to pay in to state pools. UI costs for employers have climbed in many states since the recession, so now is a great time to look into alternative methods of funding unemployment insurance.

Opting out means they only reimburse states for the actual amount of unemployment benefits paid out to former employees. While this can save nonprofits money in most cases, there are circumstances where it could become more costly. Because of this, it's important to contact a group that specializes in unemployment insurance programs for nonprofits. A consultant can help determine which type of program is best for a nonprofit that has decided to leave a state's UI pool.

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